Acquired Angioedema

I’m really happy to be smiling because for 2 months, I physically could not. Anyone with a chronic illness will understand that each day brings a struggle of its own. I have been struggling with acquired angioedema for the last 8 years in various forms but didn’t know it. I was recently diagnosed in September 2018. Since then, it’s been a whirlwind of tests, doctor appointments, and trying out medication. I couldn’t smile for August and September because my lips would itch, split open, burn, and swell very large to the point I couldn’t close my mouth causing me so much pain. The pressure in my lips made me feel like my lips would burst. I couldn’t wear lipstick(which I love) because my lips were irritated and sensitive to everything, even food. Something/anything would touch my lips and my lips would blow up. This has happened before to my eyes, knees, legs, and joints. This acquired angioedema is only one of my many issues/symptoms. However, I’m thanking God that I can smile now while my flare up is minimal. Acquired angioedema really affects your life just like any chronic illness does. Sometimes the effects are seen and sometimes they are not(like when I have intestinal swelling). Just wanted to share.

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